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27 November 2005

Sunday 27 November 2005 18:30-20:00 (Radio 3)

From the Chapel of St John's College in Cambridge. The director of music is David Hill, with organists Paul Provost and Léon Charles.

This service is available to listen to in the BBC Radio Player until Christmas.


1 hour 30 minutes


Advent Prose: Rorate coeli (William Byrd)
Processional Hymn: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Bidding Prayer
Carol: A Tender Shoot (Otto Goldschmidt)

The Message of Advent
Sentence & Collect
Antiphons: O Sapientia & O Adonia
First lesson: Isaiah 11.1-5
Carol: I Know a Flower (Francis Jackson)
Second lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5.1-11
Motet: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Edward Bairstow)

The Word of God
Sentence and Collect
Antiphons: O Radix Jesse & O Clavis David
Motet: The cry of Elisha after Elijah (Geraint Lewis)
Third lesson: Micah 4.1-4
Motet: Richte Mich Gott (Felix Mendelssohn Barthody)
Fourth lesson: Luke 4.14-21
Hymn: Come Thou Long-expected Jesus

The Prophetic Call
Sentence & Collect
Antiphons: O Oriens & O Rex Gentium
Carol: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (arr. David Willcocks)
Fifth lesson: alachi 3.1-7
Motet: The Clouded Heaven (Judith Bingham)
Sixth lesson: Matthew 3.1-11
Hymn: On Jordan's Bank the Baptists Cry

The Christ Bearer
Sentence & Collect
Antiphon: O Emmanuel
Carol: Telling God's story (Richard Wilberforce)
Seventh lesson: Luke 1.39-49
Motet: Ave Maria (Edward Elgar)
The Magnificat: Jackson in G
Eighth lesson: John 3:1-8
Sentence & Christmas Collect
Carol: There Is a Flower (John Rutter)
Hymn: Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
College Prayer & Blessing
Organ Voluntary: Wachet auf (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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